Nobody likes jargon! So if you're new to contracting and the NHS, we've provided a list of common terms that may be of use to you:

Acute Trusts
These are NHS trusts that provide secondary health services within the English National Health Service and in NHS Wales.
Agenda for change
AFC, as it is sometimes abbreviated, is the current NHS grading and pay system for its entire staff, with the exception of doctors, dentists and some senior managers. It covers more than 1 million people and harmonises their pay scales and career progression arrangements across traditionally separate pay groups.
Clinical coder
This role records information about every patient that visits the hospital, from treatment through to recovery times. The information is processed using a special alphanumeric code and recorded on the computer system that can be accessed throughout the NHS for future care. Coders are trained to operate in this skilled role.
Clinical commissioning groups
Often abbreviated to CCGs, these NHS bodies are clinically led groups in their geographical area. The aim of CCGs is to give clinicians the power to influence commissioning decisions for their patients. The emergence of CCGs in 2012-2013 has led to strong demand for IT professionals, including those from non-NHS backgrounds. In March 2013, there were 212 CCGs in England alone.
Commissioning support units
Often abbreviated to CSUs, these bodies provide a range of business and IM&T support as well as providing healthcare (clinical) procurement services, including for CCGs. IT specific services include: data management and integration centres that provide data validation, integration and storage to cleanse, validate and link national and local data sets. According to E-Health Insider there are 22 CSUs, which will provide IM&T, employing 8,700 staff and setting a total budget of just under £670m in their first year.
Digitalising the NHS
By 2015 the NHS is aiming to be "digitalised." This means that patient records become electronic and invoices will be managed on document management systems. The aim is to make information more secure and its processing more efficient. It is an ambitious target and the government is putting resources into achieving it. It is driving a huge demand for IM&T professionals, with NHS and business sector experience.